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BBB warns using care in selecting repairs after storms

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Sunday’s storm left a path of destruction in many parts of the state. Jim Hegerty with Nebraska’s Better Business Bureau says victims with property damage may receive a knock on the door from representatives of out-of-state companies offering to make repairs. He says some are very reputable companies but others are not. He says there […] Read More »

Mother Nature celebrates Mother’s Day with tornadoes and snow in Nebraska

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Mother Nature was not about to forget it was Mother’s Day in Nebraska on Sunday. Eastern parts of the state were hit by severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. The town of Sutton in south central Nebraska was targeted by a tornado that damaged buildings in their downtown area. Inspectors are checking buildings there to determine […] Read More »

Nearly a dozen tornadoes accompany strong storms

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Severe thunderstorms brought hail, high winds, heavy rain and as many as 11 tornadoes to eastern Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. Damage reports to homes, businesses and farmsteads are coming in from communities across the region in at least a half dozen counties, including Seward, Saline, Saunders, Knox, Douglas and Lancaster. Heavy rain also brought flash […] Read More »

Rain, snow, slush…western Nebraska gets it all this week

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Western Nebraska is seeing a wide range of weather as winter serves notice to spring that it isn’t done quite yet. A spring storm hit the Panhandle earlier in the week, bringing rain and hail. It also brought colder temperatures which changed the rain into wet, heavy snow. Commuters reported difficulty Thursday as they drove […] Read More »

Wicked twister from May 5th, 1964, is remembered & feared

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Nebraska is marking a somber anniversary today. It was on this date 50 years ago that a massive tornado touched down in south-central Nebraska, killing two people and injuring dozens while causing millions of dollars damage. That twister was the last F5 or EF5-rated tornado to hit Nebraska. The tornado on May 5th, 1964, landed […] Read More »

Is your evergreen turning brown? It could be winter stress

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The rain is causing most of our yards and plants to green up, but some Nebraskans may notice branches on their pines, firs and spruce trees turning brown or yellow. Forester Tivon Feeley says those trees known as “conifers” are showing signs of winter stress. “The ground is still frozen and the root system can’t […] Read More »

Assistance this year could offset livestock losses last year (AUDIO)

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It might be late, but help is now available for livestock producers suffering weather-related losses. Western Nebraska livestock producers lost two thousand head of cattle in the early October blizzard last year. They lost out on assistance as well. Congress, in an effort to save money, didn’t fund the final year of the Livestock Indemnity […] Read More »

Help kids here in tornado alley overcome their fears about the weather

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Tornado season is underway in Nebraska and severe weather can cause a lot of anxiety for children who aren’t so familiar with loud claps of thunder, flashes of lightning and the sound of the howling wind. Social worker Yolanda Dixon says emotional responses to spring and summer storms vary with the age of the child […] Read More »

Volunteer firefighters flock to Nebraska training academy

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As fears of wildfires flare with dry conditions in many parts of the state, the seventh annual Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy is scheduled to begin this coming weekend and run through early May. Casey McCoy, a wildland fire training manager with the Nebraska Forest Service, says 20 courses are being offered. “Primarily, what we were […] Read More »

Southwestern Nebraska declared disaster area due to lingering drought (AUDIO)

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Rain continues to come in short supply in portions of Nebraska, prompting the federal government to declare eight southwestern counties disaster areas due to the lingering drought. Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announces Keith, Perkins, Lincoln, Chase, Hayes, Frontier, Hitchcock, and Red Willow have been declared disaster areas. “It reflects the on-going […] Read More »

Eastern Nebraska fire danger very high today

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Nebraska fire departments in eastern Nebraska are on alert today as the chance for brush and grass fires very high. Josh Boustead is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says a combination weather conditions prompted this alert. Boustead says a spark from a brush fire, burn barrel or even a tossed […] Read More »

Feds promise to improve predictions of drought

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As many Nebraska farmers are beginning the spring planting process, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency and others in the federal government are looking to improve drought forecasts. “There’s not a whole lot you can do about drought,” Vilsack says. “What you can do is forecast it more effectively and in a more […] Read More »

Be prepared for severe weather by attending Lincoln symposium

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Springtime weather can quickly turn hazardous and Nebraskans of all ages need to be educated about the risks. The annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium will be held this weekend at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL climatologist Ken Dewey says the offerings will include what’s called Family Weatherfest. “We have 12 stations with hands-on activities […] Read More »

Get training on severe weather preparedness this weekend

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Topping off Severe Weather Awareness Week, a regional weather seminar is planned for tomorrow in southeast Nebraska. B.J. Fictum, the Saline County emergency management coordinator, says people will learn about being ready for spring and summer severe weather and storm spotters will get training. The event will feature Peggy Willenberg and Melanie Metz, known as […] Read More »

Spring may spawn severe weather, tips on being prepared for what’s coming

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With winter behind us, Nebraskans need to get in the mindset to be prepared for different potential weather dangers associated with spring — like hail, lightning, flash flooding and tornadoes. Meteorologist Jeff Johnson, at the National Weather Service, says today marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska. One key element will be […] Read More »